Sources for Women's and Gender History

Originally published 2002, links maintained until 2010.

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Karl Renner Institut
  • Frauen machen Geschichte
    Materialien zu Modul 2 der Frauen-Akademie des Renner-Instituts, zusammengestellt und gestaltet von Angelika Zach


  • Cherchez la femme dans les archives de l'AMSAB, by Paule Verbruggen, with Rita Calcoen, Martine Vermandere and Michel Vermote (PDF, 11 pp.)
  • Printed guide: Paule Verbruggen, 'Cherchez la femme dans les archives de l'AMSAB', Brood & Rozen (1996)3, 89-99.
Centre d'animation et de recherche en histoire ouvrière et populaire (CARHOP)


Bibliothèque de Documentation internationale contemporaine (BDIC)


Bibliothek der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
  • Women in the German Labour movement, an inventory of newspapers, journals, minutes and reports in the Library of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (PDF file, 115 pp., 636 Kb)
  • Frauen tragen die eine Hälfte des Himmels Online publications and documents concerning the working and living conditions of women, women in politics and trade unions, issues of gender equality, biographies. From the FES "Netz Quelle" service
Archiv der sozialen Demokratie
Paderborner Archiv zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung
  • The Archiv has letters from August and Julie Bebel to Ignaz and Agnes Auer, visual and sound documents relating to the Demokratische Fraueninitiative DFI, the "Aktion Muttertag" (1985-1986) and other second wave feminist movements, and a modest collection of book titles relating to the women's movement.


Fondazione Lelio e Lisli Basso - ISSOCO
  • Biblioteca / Fondi speciali / Storia delle donne The collection includes rare publications such as M. Wollstonecraft, A vindication of the rights of woman (London 1792), pamphlets from the French Revolution (Un mot sur le divorce, Paris 1791) and periodicals such as La voix des femmes (Paris 1848) and La difesa delle lavoratrici (Milano, 1912-22).
Fondazione Istituto Gramsci


Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis (IISG / IISH)
  • Sources for Women's History at the IISH Lists of individuals and organizations, based on the Index to the Archival Collections held by the IISH, with some introductory biographical and bibliographical notes.


Fundación de Investigaciones Marxistas (FIM)
  • Organizaciones de mujeres
    An overview of the collection of women's political and trade union organizations in the Archivo histórico PCE.
Fundación 1º de Mayo


Arbetarrörelsens arkiv och bibliotek
  • WOW! Worlds of Women!
    Worlds of Women - International Material in ARAB’s collections (WoW) is a project at ARAB to highlight and promote research on working women’s transnational relations. Through distribution of these works ARAB hopes to encourage international research and exchange.


Schweizerisches Sozialarchiv

United Kingdom

British Library of Political and Economic Science (BLPES) London School of Economics (LSE)
  • Partner in the Genesis Project, a mapping initiative to identify and develop access to women's history sources in the British Isles. The database holds descriptions of women's history collections from libraries, archives and museums from around the British Isles.
National Co-operative Archive
  • Co-operative Women's Guild
    The National Co-operative Archive's collections include pamphlets from the Guild's campaigns and journals, the best known of which is Woman's Outlook, published from 1919 to 1967.
Labour History Archive and Study Centre (LHASC)
Modern Records Centre
University of Warwick Library, Coventry.
TUC Library Collections
At the London Metropolitan University.
Working Class Movement Library
Salford, England.
  • The library has a number of significant collections on the history of working women including archives from the cooperative movement, the suffragettes and suffragists, women in the labour party and the feminist movement of the 1970s. From the WCML homepage, go to 'Browse by popular tags' and click on 'women', or 'suffrage'.

United States

The Kheel Center Labor Management Documentation and Archives
Labadie Collection
  • The Labadie Collection, a special collection of social protest materials covering a wide variety of subject matter, including sexual freedom, houses the National Transgender Library & Archive collection, 1977-2001, (bulk 1990-1999) Collection includes correspondence, memorabilia, publications, surveys, photographs, artifacts, and organizational papers, including by-laws and conference materials, and video and audio tapes.
The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives